Vitter’s hypocrisy on the omnibus bill and Louisiana projects

March 9, 2009

Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter continues to show blind allegiance to the national Republican Party’s obstructionist agenda, as Vitter has told The Times-Picayune that he plans to vote against the omnibus bill. But Vitter, who tries to paint himself as a fiscal conservative, has more than 140 earmarks – totaling nearly $250 million — in the omnibus bill that he’s personally sponsored or co-sponsored with Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and other legislators.


These earmarks include funds for Pennington Biomedical Research Center ($623,000), a drug task force for the Louisiana Sheriffs Association ($700,000), a new terminal for Monroe Regional Airport ($1.4 million), multiple Louisiana road and infrastructure projects, and funding for universities across the state.


So why does Vitter plan to vote against the omnibus bill?


“This is another glaring example of David Vitter’s hypocrisy,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The omnibus plan contains numerous projects that benefit Louisiana and will help move the state forward, but all David Vitter cares about is playing partisan politics.”


Whittington says Vitter’s real motives will be on display after Vitter’s vote.


“Watch him try and take credit for Louisiana projects and funding that he voted against,” says Whittington. “David Vitter has a difficult time giving straight answers to the people of Louisiana.”


You know Vitter’s grasping at straws when even conservative commentator Laura Ingraham calls him out.

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